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Shawn Keough

Panel begins broadband study after previous program failed

More questions than answers hang around Idaho lawmakers as they grapple over the now-defunct statewide school broadband Internet access program. A legislative interim committee met Tuesday to begin determining whether the Idaho Legislature should attempt building a new statewide broadband program. School officials have repeatedly said they view providing broadband access as just as crucial as providing electricity or running water. However, lawmakers are still deciding the extent of the state's involvement in any future efforts to deliver broadband Internet access. "I think the state has to have some sort of role," said state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint. "I think...